Spring cleaning your business website is definitely NOT the FUN part of what you do. It will be easier to just forget it, but that isn’t the smart choice.
However, it has to be done either by you or someone who know how to do it. Either way, I believe you can handle it with ease and grace.
So let’s do a little Spring Cleaning of our website domain and hosting stuff, shall we?
Here’s what you’ll want to do in five SIMPLE steps.
1. Check on your contact details for your website domain and hosting
Even if someone set it up for you, it’s always good to go in periodically and update any email and mailing addresses that might have changed. Your website hosting company will send you periodic emails about your account, when it’s due or expired. You can update your contact details in your host provider.
For example: If you purchased your domain and hosting through Godaddy, they have a helpful guide on how and where to change your domain.
If you’re not sure where your host company is, you can check thru the WhoIS directory.
2. Be sure your information is updated in the WhoIS directory > https://whois.icann.org/en/using-whois. >>>
What is the Whois Directory? The Whois database is an online repository of information associated with registered domain names. It stores and publicly displays domain name information, such creation and expiration dates, the registrar of record, and its various contacts (registrant, billing, administrative, and technical). This information is generally controlled where you purchased the domain. If you forgot where you purchased your domain, you can go to whois.icann.org to find out.
3. Keep your payment details updated with your website domain and website hosting provider.
This ensures that your website hosting doesn’t get interrupted with your host provider. Sometimes host companies will charge a fee to re-install any deleted hosting information. However, some may not keep your website files after your hosting is discontinued.
4. Review your current hosting plan
I’ve been with the same hosting company for 7 years, however, over time, I’ve updated my plan according to the needs of my business. So do you need more online space? Do you need more emails? Do you want to pay less? Do you want to add another website to your account? Do you want to close your account? These are good questions to ask.
5. Back up all your website information at least once a month or weekly (depending on how often you update your website)
WordPress users have options for website backup plugins. Choose the one that works best for you.
Check with your host company to see what their policy is for auto backups of your website data.
Spring cleaning isn’t always fun, however, it must be done to ensure that the digital side of your business doesn’t fall apart. If you don’t have the time or energy to work on it yourself, consider outsourcing it to a local tech person or someone you trust.
And you can do it all with ease and grace.